POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — A 21-year-old Vermont man is facing charges of poaching two deer in Fair Haven earlier this month.
A police officer and a game warden were patrolling for illegal hunting on the night of Oct. 19 when they say they spotted a vehicle with a light shining into a field and witnessed the driver fire a rifle at a deer.
Authorities arrested 21-year-old Joshua Newton of Poultney.
Police say they found a rifle with a fired cartridge casing in the vehicle. The next day blood was found in the field indicating the deer had been wounded. The animal was not found.
Newton also is accused of shooting a deer a week earlier and leaving it in the field.
If convicted, he faces fines and restitution of up to $5,000.